Happy Hours (1908)
Last updated: 18.07.18
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Composer: P. Wenrich Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/T+B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 172
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Length: approx. 3 mins.
With such a title one wonders whether this piece, Happy Hours, was the original inspiration for all the Happy Hours so beloved by gastronomic establishments around the world. The dance is certainly gay and cheerful enough and well in keeping with the diaphanously-clad classic beauties lightly tripping barefoot through the meadow as depicted on the cover of the original sheet music. The dance itself is a straightforward composition in AAABB form with a 2-bar introduction and an 8-bar interlude between the AA and A strains. I particularly enjoy the 8-bar interlude with its dialogue between the basses and tenors - a little moment to keep an ensemble on its toes!
Happy Hours was published by Brehm Bros, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA.
A tempo of 120 crotchets/min. is suggested.
There is also a tenor solo version of this item.